6:00pm | The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has stated that three traffic fatalities recently occurred. 

The first, this past Friday at approximately 7:40am, was a traffic collision that occurred on Pacific Coast Highway just west of Channel Drive, between a motorcycle and a vehicle, which resulted in the death of a male adult motorcyclist.

The driver of the motorcycle was travelling westbound on Pacific Coast Highway in the bike lane and at a high speed when he broadsided a gold 4-door Acura as it made a left turn into the shopping center from eastbound Pacific Coast Highway.

The motorcyclist, identified as 24-year-old Joshua Morrison-Conrad of Long Beach, was transported to a local hospital with major injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital later the same day. The driver of the Acura, a 45-year-old woman from Signal Hill, and an 8-year-old passenger in her vehicle, were not injured.

LBPD learned that at some point prior to the collision, the motorcyclist had been involved in a pursuit with Seal Beach Police. 

On February 21 at approximately 11:00am, LBPD responded to a traffic collision in the area of Atlantic Avenue and 4th Street involving a pedestrian and a vehicle, which resulted in the death of the pedestrian. It appears that the subject ran into northbound lanes of traffic from the east sidewalk

The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver, a 38-year-old Long Beach woman, was travelling northbound on Atlantic Avenue, midway between 4th and 5th Streets, when she struck a male subject in the roadway. The subject was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Late last night, LBPD were notified by the hospital that the victim had been pronounced deceased. At this time, the subject is only being identified as a 48-year-old Long Beach resident until next of kin can be notified; the investigation remains ongoing.
The third occurred on the same day as the second at approximately 1:08pm, when Long Beach Police and Fire responded to a traffic incident involving a vehicle that went into the water at the end of Pier G. 

Long Beach Fire rescued a female victim from the vehicle and transported her to a local hospital with major head trauma; however, she was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving. 

The preliminary investigation, which included witness statements, indicated that the driver, identified as 64-year-old Diana Dass of Long Beach, was seen travelling southbound on the 710 Freeway and around the Long Beach Harbor at a high rate of speed and driving very erratically prior to the accident.  Prescription medication bottles were recovered from the vehicle and the victim’s purse, and is unknown if the victim was under the influence at the time of the accident.  

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents should contact LBPD Accident Investigations Detective Brian Watt at (562) 570-7355.